With a push from my friend and mentor, Erin Freed, I first picked up a paint brush in September 2007 after building websites for artists and galleries for several years. Life changed instantly! I started looking at everything in a whole new way.

Workshops, online classes and lots of feedback from several well-known local artists have taught me well through more than a hundred paintings so far.  I started painting in acrylics and enjoy them so much that I may never change mediums.  I know I have endless learning yet to do, many techniques to master and hundreds of views and photo references to paint. I also enjoy creating small abstract pieces “from the soul.”

I have exhibited in the “Public Hanging” show at EyesonBC in Bowser (curated by Elissa Anthony of ElissaAnthony.com) and in several DeCosmos Fine Art Society and Oceanside Community Arts Council member shows in Parksville. My works are in private collections across North America from Ontario to Texas and  Salt Spring Island to Whistler and Alberta.

“The endless beauty of British Columbia, from the coast to the spectacular interior and all of the Western Canadian landscape inspire me every day. I love to paint mountains, seascapes, trees,  gardens and water and hope my paintings give you the sense of peace that  I feel from these surroundings on a daily basis.”

Julie Russell

I have relocated to the interior of BC to Midway, a small village in the beautiful Kettle River Valley near the U.S.A. border. I have taken a year off to help my partner renovate our mobile home and create our own living space. We now have a home studio space where I can again paint, he can create his wonderful Jewelry by Robert and I can continue my part time website business – Billboard Web Services.”